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EPR is Connecting Environmental Professionals through Conversation! Our show is brought to you by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and follows environmental professionals at all levels of their career in a variety of industries to bring you a nuanced and informed discussion on what it’s like to work in the environmental arena. Hear us talk through failures, struggles, and successes of the typical environmental professional. We will also highlight news, updates, and fun facts from the scientific community. We are excited to provide this podcast as a way to reach environmental professionals, students, and educators who have one thing in common: we spend our time working to protect the environment.
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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!On today’s episode, we talk with Fred Wager, partner with Venable, LLP about Iceland, Justice 40 and CEQ Rulemaking.   Read his full bio below.Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode VENABLE, LLP!   Check them out at https://www.venable.com/Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-formShowtimes: 2:30  Nic & Laura talk about the Northern Lights11:05  Interview with Fred Wagner starts13:07  Fred talks about Iceland16:55  CEQ Rulemaking, Phase I33:33  Phase II41:29  Justice 40Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review.This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Fred Wagner at linkedin.com/in/fred-wagner-59043019Guest Full Bio:Fred Wagner focuses his practice on environmental and natural resources issues associated with major infrastructure, mining and energy project development. Fred helps clients manage and then defend in court environmental reviews performed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or equivalent state statutes. He works with public agencies and private developers to secure permits and approvals from federal and state regulators under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Fred is familiar with the full range of issues surrounding USDOT surface transportation programs, including grant management, procurement, suspension and debarment, and safety regulations. During his career, Fred has handled a wide variety of environmental litigation in federal trial and appellate courts across the country, from citizen suits, to government enforcement actions, to Administration Procedure Act (APA) challenges.Fred was appointed Chief Counsel of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during the Obama administration. He managed all legal matters involving the $40 billion Federal-Aid Highway program, including environmental and natural resources issues for highway and multimodal transportation projects. Among other high-profile projects, he oversaw the agency’s defense of the following:  New York's Tappan Zee Bridge, San Francisco's Presidio Parkway, Chicago's Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, Kentucky and Indiana's Ohio River Bridges, North Carolina's Bonner Bridge, Alabama's Birmingham Northern Beltline, Wisconsin's Zoo Interchange, and Washington's State Road 520 Bridge. He represented the FHWA on government-wide Transportation Rapid Response Team, a multi-agency task force focused on improving project delivery and environmental review reforms.Fred began his career as a trial attorney in the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Misdemeanor Trial Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Venable, he spent more than 20 years in private practice at a national law firm focusing on environmental and natural resources issues. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! We are dropping our second minisode today! There's no interview, just a timely and important message we wanted to share with everyone as we come up on the Thanksgiving holiday. This is taking place instead of our regularly scheduled episode on Friday this week, but we will be publishing another full length episode next Friday. Let us know what you're thankful for on our YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWdUhbtalnA) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/naeptweets) pages! Thank you so much for listening!Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form  Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Support the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)Support the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Tiffany Duong, writer, explorer and motivational speaker about Chasing Your Dreams, Environmental Storytelling and Adventuring.   Read her full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form  Showtimes: 1:57  Nic & Laura talk about rejection8:36  Interview with Tiffany Duong starts10:45  Tiffany chases her dreams to the Galapagos19:39 Connecting the dots in the Amazon28:25  Environmental storytelling34:18  Adventuring Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review.  This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org. Connect with Tiffany Duong at linkedin.com/in/tiffanytvduong Guest Bio:Tiffany Duong is a writer, explorer and motivational speaker. She holds degrees from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Inspired by a dive trip, she left corporate law to campaign for our planet. Now, from dense jungles, remote oceans and her slice of paradise in the Florida Keys, she gives voice to what's happening in the natural world. Her mission is to inspire meaningful action and lasting change. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram @tiffmakeswaves. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Shannon Oelkers, owner and principal consultant for Integrity Environmental about Alaska, Fuel Tanks and Science Literacy.   Read her full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 0:17  Shannon's special "And Finally"2:52 Nic & Laura discuss gender workplace challenges13:00  Interview with Shannon Oelkers starts16:21 Alaska31:11  Fuel Tanks40:42  Field Notes: Not so regal eagles51:23   Science Literacy Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review.  This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org. Connect with Shannon Oelkers at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-oelkers-b8524423  Guest Bio:Shannon Oelkers is the owner and principal consultant for Integrity Environmental. Shannon previously worked at the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in the Contaminated Sites and Terminal / Tank Farms division, focusing on industrial environmental compliance. Shannon holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Science and a master's degree in Community Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has more than a decade of experience inspecting and auditing bulk fuel tank farm operations. Shannon is also an MBA Instructor at Alaska Pacific University. Shannon is well-versed in the unique challenges of completing oil and gas related projects in Alaska. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller  Support the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Michael Smith, the Director of Environmental Process & Policy with WSP USA, about working in a National Park, Photojournalism, and Consulting.   Read his full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 2:09 Nic & Laura discuss career exploring5:19 Interview with Michael Smith Starts9:09 Michael talks about being a park ranger & bears18:58 Accidental photojournalism26:08 Env. impacts of legalizing marijuana35:12 Michael talks about env. consulting & current projectsPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Michael Smith at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsmith84Guest Bio:Michael Smith is a nationally-recognized leader in environmental policy and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, with more than 28 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, environmental justice analysis, project and program management, policy development, land use planning, business development, group leader, and training/education with the federal government, private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations. He is currently a Director of Environmental Policy and Process at WSP USA, an arm of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms. His technical areas of expertise include environmental justice analysis; socioeconomic analysis; greenhouse gas emissions and climate change/climate adaptation analysis; cumulative impact analysis; and designing strategies for streamlining NEPA and related permitting processes and reviews. Michael has managed and provided environmental compliance review for some of the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major energy, transportation, and water resources infrastructure projects, approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, legalized cannabis regulatory programs, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the United States. He frequently provides training and strategic advice for NEPA compliance for public and private sector clients through the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), and as a faculty member at the University of California Los Angeles Extension Environmental Studies and Sustainability Programs, the University of California Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program. He has also served on a White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Task Force on National Environmental Policy Act training. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Hollie Schmidt,  Director, Resilient + Sustainability Business Advisory at Jacobs about Career Advice, Coastal Projects, and Navigating the Workplace.   Read her full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 1:37  Nic and Laura discuss career paths6:54 Interview with Hollie Schmidt starts13:55  Hollie's career advice19:31  Hollie discusses her coastal projects32:27  Hollie talks about navigating the workplacePlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Hollie Schmidt at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollie-schmidt/Guest Bio:Hollie Schmidt is Director of the Resilience + Sustainability Business Advisory. In her 26 years of practice, she has honed an integrated planning and delivery approach, with a particular focus on master planning and site selection. Serving a broad range of projects, she leads large, diverse teams of planners, architects and the full spectrum of engineers and technical experts to assist with decision-making, scenario evaluation and implementation plans. With a strong foundation in facilitation, coordination, communication, and problem solving, she has a long history of successfully leading mega, complex projects for clients with large real estate and facilities holdings and delivering sustainable and resilient solutions.Hollie’s area of practice includes a focus on resiliency planning either as a preventative or recovery service for larger-scale clients who are experiencing vulnerabilities to natural or man-made disasters particularly as it relates to climate change. She has led inter-disciplinary teams that deliver sustainable solutions across the natural and man-made environments for multi-billion-dollar programs as well as more moderate facilities. She also supports resilient and sustainable solutions through extremely compelling business case analysis focused on life-cycle savings and non-financial benefits such as wellness, environmental and community impact and market recognition.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet PhD, CEO and Founder of Ocean STL Consulting about Naval Science, Oceanography, and the Blue Economy.   Read his full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form  Showtimes: 2:11  Nic and Laura talk Halloween8:51  Interview with Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet starts10:08  Tim talks about Naval Science14:43  Tim discusses Oceanography34:18  Tim's leadership advice38:57  Tim talks about blue economy and his podcast Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review.  This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org. Connect with Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rear-admiral-tim-gallaudet-phd-us-navy-ret-b18185149/ Guest Bio:Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD is the CEO and Founder of Ocean STL Consulting and host of the American Blue Economy Podcast.  Between 2017-2021, he served as the Acting and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and before that he served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy retiring as the Oceanographer of the Navy. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Caryn Brookman, Principal at Blackwater Environmental Group, LLC about Running a Small Business, Challenging Projects, transportation projects, and the Grateful Dead.   Read her full bio below.Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode Blackwater Environmental Group! www.blackwaterenvironmentalgroup.com A certified Minority and Disadvantaged Business, Blackwater Environmental Group has over 20 years of experience working with private sector firms and governmental agencies—especially in the transportation industry—managing environmental programs, interpreting environmental policy, and developing unique solutions to project coordination and environmental documentation tasks.  In addition to our project management and NEPA capabilities, our professional staff of planners are committed to utilizing asset management tools, performance measurements, and reporting methods to help our clients assess and adapt to changing climate and extreme weather conditions that impact transportation needs. With everything we do, Blackwater strives to remember the original intent of national environmental policy—environmental protection, conservation, and enhancement—and seeks innovative ways to streamline the ever-changing regulatory process.  Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 2:15  Nic & Laura's discuss providing feedback to supervisors12:52  Interview with Caryn Brookman starts15:47  Caryn talks about running a small business25:13  Caryn discusses managing challenging projects33:29  Caryn talks about her secret love for the Grateful DeadPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Caryn  at https://www.linkedin.com/in/caryn-j-g-brookman-39401812/Guest Bio:Caryn J. G. Brookman is Principal of Blackwater Environmental Group, LLC. Ms. Brookman has over 20 years of experience working with governmental agencies interpreting policy and developing unique solutions to daunting project coordination and environmental documentation tasks. Prior to starting Blackwater, she worked for the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and, therefore, brings a distinct and balanced perspective to the table. Recently her experience has expanded to advising clients on environmental matters related to alternative project delivery methods such as Public-Private Partnerships (P3). Ms. Brookman is currently leading a major environmental study under MDOT SHA’s I-495 & I-270 P3 Program Office which is considered the largest P3 highway imitative in North America at an estimated $9-11 Billion. The NEPA study is one of the first major infrastructure projects under Executive Order 13807-One Federal Decision and is currently on an accelerated schedule.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with April Cummings, Director of Mitigation Division Federal Emergency, about Disaster Recovery, Covid-19 and Foster Fails.   Read her full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 1:34  Nic and Laura discuss disaster recovery stories11:02  Interview with April Cummings starts12:41  April talks about her foster fails14:25  April describes her work with FEMA19:46  April discusses the disaster recovery process36:44  April talks about FEMA's Covid-19 missionPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with April Cummings at https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-cummings-4066b91a/Guest Bio:April Cummings oversees programs that strive to make communities safer by reducing risks to life and property by using risk analytics, floodplain management and insurance, community planning, various grant programs, and environmental and historic preservation compliance.She serves as a collateral-duty Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Lead.  In this role, she and her team provide the initial coordination and response capability prior to and in the immediate aftermath following a serious incident.   Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Director for the Mitigation Division at Region 3 and the Deputy Regional Environmental Officer for FEMA Region 4 in Atlanta. Ms. Cummings holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Bruce Harvey, architectural historian and documentation photographer about Photography, HABS/HAER Reports and Working in Remote Places.   Read his full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 2:35  Nic and Laura discuss Pitch your Pivot10:00 Interview with Bruce Harvey starts14:50  Bruce talks about photography17:09  Bruce discusses taking photos for HABS/HAER reports 27:15  Bruce talks about working in remote places28:17  Bruce describes his favorite photos 38:09  Bruce discusses volunteer photographyPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Bruce Harvey at http://bgharvey.com/Guest Bio:Bruce G. Harvey is a historian, architectural historian, and documentation photographer, located in Syracuse, NY. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1998), an M.A. in Applied History from the University of South Carolina, Columbia (1988), and a B.A. in History from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (1985). He has over thirty years of experience as a public historian, and as a specialist in cultural resource management for twenty-five years. He has participated in and directed hundreds of cultural resources and historic preservation projects since 1995, including historic architectural surveys throughout the east coast and the Midwest, successful NRHP nominations in multiple northeastern and Middle Atlantic states, and historical, architectural, and engineering evaluations of hydroelectric plants and historic canals throughout the nation. As a photographer, using both large-format black and white film and digital platforms, he has documented dozens of historic buildings and structures throughout the east coast for HABS/HAER and other documentation purposes, and has exhibited his photographs in multiple venues in New York State. From 1995 to 2003 he served as the Senior Historian and Architectural Historian with Brockington and Associates in Mount Pleasant, SC, and from 2003 to 2009 as the Senior Cultural Resources Specialist with Kleinschmidt Associates in Syracuse, NY. He began working as an independent cultural resources consultant in 2009 under the business name of Harvey Research and Consulting, specializing in HABS/HAER documentation, Section 106 consultation, and National Register of Historic Places nominations. Since 2014 he has also served as the Senior Historian with Outside the Box LLC, where his work has included the completion of four book-length administrative histories of National Park Service units.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Tom Ries, Vice President with Environmental Science Associates, nationally known ecologist, and longtime member of TBAEP about Living Shorelines, Scholarships, and Rattlesnakes.   Read his full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form  Showtimes: 1:44  Nic and Laura discuss conservation on military bases8:34  Interview with Tom Ries starts10:29  Tom talks about scholarships12:21  Tom discusses living shorelines21:56  Tom's current projects32:37  Field Notes segment- Rattlesnake encounter35:05  Tom talks about TBAEP and the importance of getting involved with local NAEP chapters Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review.  This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org. Connect with Tom Ries at https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-ries-532a919 Guest Bio:Tom is a nationally known ecologist with more than 35 years of experience in restoring natural systems in the southeast.  His work has garnered numerous environmental awards and resulted in the restoration of more than 3,800 acres of wetlands.  In 2013, Tom received the prestigious National Wetlands Award in Conservation & Restoration from the Environmental Law Institute, in Washington DC. Tom founded Ecosphere Restoration Institute in 2007 to advance restoration activities through innovative public-private partnerships.  He currently also serves as Southeast Biological Services and Restoration Director for Environmental Science Associates (ESA), an environmental science and planning firm with offices throughout the U.S. Tom graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Geology.  In his early career, he mapped wetlands for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and implemented several coastal habitat restoration and stormwater retrofit projects in Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor while working for the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s SWIM program. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! Today we're doing a little something different. We're releasing our first minisode! There's no interview, just a timely and important message we wanted to share with everyone as we come to the end of the fiscal year. We hope everyone is managing it well and we look forward to publishing another full length episode this (and every) Friday. Thank you so much for listening!Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form  Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Support the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Laura Lopez-Hoffman, professor at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Aaron Lien,  Assistant Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Adaptive Management, about NEPAccess, Big Data and Academia.   Read their full bios below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form  Showtimes: 0:00  Intro  1:29  Shout outs2:03  Nic and Laura discuss Big Data11:41  Interview with Dr. Laura Hoffman and Dr. Aaron Lien starts15:38  Dr. Laura Hoffman and Dr. Aaron Lien talk about NEPAccess19:43  Drs. Hoffman and Lien also talk about Big Data's role in NEPAccess30:38  Drs. Hoffman and Lien discuss Academia's part in NEPAccess42:41  Outro Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org. Guest Bios:Dr. Laura Lopez-Hoffman is an environmental scientist working at the intersection of natural science and environmental policy. She is a champion of using data-driven approaches to evaluate the outcomes and performance of environmental laws and policies. Laura oversees all aspects of the NEPAccess endeavor.Dr. Aaron Lien's bio will be coming soon. Connect with Dr. Lien at linkedin.com/in/aaron-lien-9a1b2114 Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Tracy Fanara, Environmental Engineer, Scientist, Investigator, Public Speaker & Marvel Comic Agent of G.I.R.L., about NOAA, Public Speaking, and the Joy of Science. Read her full bio below. Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-formShowtimes:0:00  Intro1:24  Shout outs2:21  Nic and Laura discuss the Imposter Syndrome9:28  Interview with Dr. Tracy Fanara starts22:23  Tracy talks about her work with NOAA28:10  Tracy shares details about being considered for the SpaceX Challenge project34:22  Tracy discusses more cool projects she's working on36:53  Tracy talks about public speaking38:19  Tracy, Nic, and Laura discuss about the joys of science43:24  Tracy's shout outs46:11  Outro Please be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review.This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Dr. Tracy Fanara at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracy-fanara-phd-95646b12/Guest Full BioDr. Tracy Fanara is an environmental engineer, scientist, public speaker and television host with a BS, ME, and PhD from the University of Florida’s College of Environmental Engineering. In research, Tracy has developed water treatment technology, strategies for sustainable design, aquaponics for space travel, and citizen science programs with over 1.6million users to obtain publicly available environmental data. Tracy has international media recognition due to her expertise and science communication efforts during the Florida Water crises. Tracy is now the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she manages US coastal ocean modeling efforts to gain a better understanding of our earth systems and threats to human lives and livelihoods in a changing world. You may have seen Tracy on Science Channel, Weather Channel, Fox or CBS; in Marvels Unstoppable Wasp, or on the recent cover of Xylem YSI’s Mission Water.  Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by MattSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)Support the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we bring back Fred Wager, partner with Venable, LLP to talk about Practicing Law, Policy Updates, and Infrastructure.  Read his full bio below.Thank you to Venable, LLP. for sponsoring this episode! Check out Venable at www.venable.comHelp us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-formShowtimes: 0:00  Intro1:35  Shout outs2:48  Nic and Laura's talk about phobias10:17  Interview with Fred Wagner starts15:12  Fred talks about practicing law25:33  Fred delves into the history of environmental law32:28  Infrastructure Bill38:01  NEPA policy updates46:35  Fred provides a summary of environmental justice updates50:18  OutroPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Fred Wagner at linkedin.com/in/fred-wagner-59043019Guest Full Bio:Fred began his career as a trial attorney in the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Misdemeanor Trial Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Venable, he spent more than 20 years in private practice at a national law firm focusing on environmental and natural resources issues.  During his career, Fred has handled a wide variety of environmental litigation in federal trial and appellate courts across the country, from citizen suits, to government enforcement actions, to Administration Procedure Act (APA) challenges.Fred was appointed Chief Counsel of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during the Obama administration. He managed all legal matters involving the $40 billion Federal-Aid Highway program, including environmental and natural resources issues for highway and multimodal transportation projects. Among other high-profile projects, he oversaw the agency’s defense of the following:  New York's Tappan Zee Bridge, San Francisco's Presidio Parkway, Chicago's Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, Kentucky and Indiana's Ohio River Bridges, North Carolina's Bonner Bridge, Alabama's Birmingham Northern Beltline, Wisconsin's Zoo Interchange, and Washington's State Road 520 Bridge. He represented the FHWA on government-wide Transportation Rapid Response Team, a multi-agency task force focused on improving project delivery and environmental review reforms.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by MattSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Taiwo Ogunwumi, GIS and DRR Consultant, and president of the GEO Hazard Risk Mapping initiative,  about flooding in Nigeria, GIS, Fighting COVID, and Getting Lost in the field.   Read his full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-formShowtimes: 0:01  Intro0:52  Shout outs1:42  Nic and Laura talk about the Olympics10:43  Interview with Taiwo Ogunwumi starts16:00  Taiwo talks about flooding in Nigeria22:37  Taiwo discusses his Geo hazard risk mapping initiative 26:19  Taiwo talks about GIS and Covid-19 response effort29:43  Taiwo shares his interesting "getting lost" story32:20  Taiwo talks about his current location, travel and free time44:46  OutroPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Taiwo Ogunwumi at www.taiwoogunwumi.com or through LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/taiwo-ogunwumi/.Guest Full Bio:Taiwo Ogunwumi is a geo-information management professional, DRR Consultant and Environmental Researcher specialized in disaster risk and vulnerability assessment, emergency planning, and humanitarian response.He had his first degree in Geography and is currently studying for a master's in Environmental risks at the United Nations University. In addition, he is a tutor at the University of Bonn, Germany teaching over 15 International students on the use of Geographic Information systems to address climate change impacts (natural hazards). Taiwo has published on International journal topics related to Flooding, Drought and Climate Change and is also a GIS consultant to the UN-Migration supporting their Covid-19 response program for Internally Displaced Persons in Northeastern Nigeria. Taiwo is also an active contributor to the Africa Youth Advisory Board for Disaster Risk Reduction.Founder of an Initiative called Geohazard Risk Mapping Initiative (www.georiskmap.org), coordinating over 30 Geospatial Analyst Volunteers (Nigeria and Africa), and steering the organization towards its vision of promoting sustainability and reducing the vulnerability of communities to natural hazards and other environmental risks through the creations of hazard maps and vulnerability assessment to support the national emergency institutions.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Michelle Rau, Environmental Project Manager and NEPA Practice Lead at Jacobs, and NAEP Secretary as well as Education Committee co-chair, about NASA NEPA, working on the move, and celebrity fails! Read her full bio below.Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode DAWSON.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-formShowtimes: 0:00  Intro1:00  Shout outs1:49  Nic and Laura talk about stand up comedy9:03  Interview with Michelle Rau starts12:29  Michelle discusses career transitioning and gives career advice19:56  Michelle talks about NEPA's role in her projects23:20  Field Notes Segment-Michelle's celebrity fails28:01  Michelle talks about the importance of down time33:03  Working on the move38:11  OutroPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Michelle Rau atlinkedin.com/in/michelle-rau-pmp-mba-02745120Guest Full Bio:Michelle Rau has nearly 25 years of experience as an environmental planner and project manager. At Jacobs she currently serves as the NEPA practice manager and leads a group of nearly 200 environmental practitioners. She works as a project manager, sales lead and technical lead on Federal environmental compliance projects, including large scale and controversial EISs, which involve individual projects with more than a billion dollars of infrastructure. She has managed nearly all aspects of the environmental compliance process, including NEPA, Executive Order (EO) 12114 (international NEPA), Clean Water Act 404 permits, ESA Section 7 consultations, NHPA Section 106 consultations and state, county, and regional permits. She has worked for many federal clients, including DoD (Army, Air Force, USACE, DARPA and NGA), NASA, BLM, FEMA, FHWA and NSF. Michelle has been an active member of NAEP for over 10 years, and currently serves on the NEAP Board of Directors, where she is the NAEP Secretary.  She also serves as the education committee co-chair, is the executive sponsor for the Environmental Justice Working Group and actively engages with the conference planning committees.Michelle currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and works in the Jacobs Tampa office.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Dory Larsen, Electric Transportation Program Manager  for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), about clean energy, electric vehicles, and giving back to the community! Read her full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-formShowtimes: 0:00  Intro0:56  Shout outs1:49  Nic and Laura's segment- Methods of transportation and their benefits7:33  Interview with Dory Larsen starts12:34  Dory Larsen talks about electric vehicles20:35  Why Dory feels it's important to get involved and give back to the community23:02  Dory's hobbies31:25  Dory discusses clean energy43:16  OutroPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Dory Larsen atlinkedin.com/in/dory-larsendory@cleanenergy.orgwww.cleanenergy.orgwww.electrifythesouth.orgGuest Full Bio:Dory joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2017 and was named Electric Transportation Program Manager in 2020. She is working to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles by promoting the growth of electric vehicle ownership and supporting EV friendly policy and programs. Central to her work is educating and engaging stakeholders, identifying strategic policy to propel EV usage, and advocating for comprehensive EV infrastructure. She serves on the Board of Drive Electric Florida and Chairs the Tarpon Springs Sustainability Advisory Committee. Before joining SACE, Dory worked as an instructional trainer and as a science educator in the public-school system. She also led a community action campaign to keep massive development from changing the landscape of the Anclote River. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Master of Public Health degree and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Southern College. She is passionate about helping people see the strength in working collectively to solve problems. She is an avid reader and lover of the Florida sunshine where she and her husband are raising their two sons.Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Scott Deitche, Senior Vice President with GPI, about water, business development, and the Tampa Mafia and the books he's written about them! Read his full bio below.Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode GPI/ Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form1:51  Shout outs3:32  Nic talks about his recent trip to Hawaii...and yes, we are jealous!11:49  Interview with Scott Deitche starts14:04  Scott Deitche talks water quality and spending time on the water16:40  Scott Deitche discusses his shift to business development and resiliency projects20:10  Scott Deitche talks about writing and the Tampa Mafia31:54  The importance of networking39:44  OutroPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Scott Deitche atlinkedin.com/in/scott-m-deitche-env-sp-b1292921scottdeitche.com Guest Full Bio:Scott M. Deitche is a Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Specialty Services for GPI’s Southeast operations. He has over 27 years of experience in various aspects of environmental management, water quality permitting/compliance, water quality monitoring and analysis, environmental monitoring programs, and project management. Scott is also an author who has written nine books and over 50 articles on organized crime as well as case studies for books on sustainability. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! On today’s episode, we talk with Gary Kelman, Independent Consultant & NAEP Board Member representing the Mid-Atlantic Regional Environmental Professionals about the history of NAEP, Maryland Farm Policy, and Finding a Good Map.   Read his full bio below.Help us continue to create great content! If you’d like to sponsor a future episode hit the support podcast button or visit www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form Showtimes: 1:31  Shout outs3:08  Nic and Laura discuss agricultural BMPs8:06  Interview with Gary Kelman starts8:56  Gary Kelman talks about the history of NAEP21:45  Gary Kelman discusses Maryland farm policy28:02  Field Notes segment- The Bethesda trash incident33:48  Gary Kelman shares his insights on collecting and finding a good map44:12  OutroPlease be sure to ✔️subscribe, ⭐rate and ✍review. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Environmental Professions (NAEP). Check out all the NAEP has to offer at NAEP.org.Connect with Gary Kelman at https://linkedin.com/in/gary-kelman-ms-cep-m-asce-6431063Guest Bio:Gary Kelman’s professional career began in 1977.  It includes heading the CAFO Program, Office of Permitting and Customer Services, the Maryland Pretreatment Program, and developing industrial and municipal discharge permits during a 40-year career at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  Prior to MDE, Gary was an environmental consultant.  He was MDE’s Employee of the Year in 2010, was named a Fellow NAEP in 2010, and received the Richard J. Kramer Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence from ABCEP in 2015.  He was named a Life Member of ASCE in 2018.  Gary received a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a BS in Life Sciences from Philadelphia University.  He was credentialed as a Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) in 2005.  Gary Kelman is currently enjoying being an independent consultant. Music CreditsIntro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace MesaOutro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs MullerSupport the show (https://www.environmentalprofessionalsradio.com/sponsor-form)
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Christine Rook

Love the discussion. Yes NEPA is like someone threw confetti in the air right now, great way to put it!

Jun 10th
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